2017 Candidate Ratings

This year’s Candidate Evaluations Committees rated nearly 50 candidates running for local races and we would like to express special thanks to our dedicated volunteers. The number of races covered depends entirely on the number of volunteers the Municipal League is able to mobilize. Unfortunately this means we are unable to cover every race in King County. If you are interested in seeing races in your community evaluated by the Municipal League, please consider volunteering with next year’s committees! Email cec@munileagueratings.org for more information.

About the Municipal League Ratings

The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.

  • Outstanding – Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
  • Very Good – Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way they would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.
  • Good – Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.
  • Adequate – Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.
  • Not Qualified – Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.
  • Insufficient Information – when the CEC determines, after diligent investigation, that it has no more information about the candidate than an uninformed voter would have. A candidate who fails to complete a candidate questionnaire or is not interviewed or both may still be rated when the Committee has obtained information about the candidate through its other sources of information.

Full candidate ratings are available in the table below, or

Download our candidate ratings in our “Voters Guide

Download 2017 Voters Guide

2017 Candidate Ratings

YearRacePositionCandidateRatingIncumbentInterviewQuestionnaire
2017City of Seattle - MayorGary BroseGoodNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorCasey CarlisleNot QualifiedNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorTiniell CatoAdequateNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorJenny DurkanOutstandingNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorJessyn FarrellOutstandingNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorThom GunnNot QualifiedNoYesNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorGreg HamiltonAdequateNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorMichael HarrisAdequateNoNo
2017City of Seattle - MayorBob HasegawaOutstandingNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorLewis JonesNot QualifiedNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorDave KaneInsufficient InformationNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorHarley LeverGoodNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorMary MartinNot QualifiedNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorMike McGinnVery GoodNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorCary MoonVery GoodNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorJames NortonGoodNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorLarry ObertoAdequateNoYesNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorNikkita OliverVery GoodNoYesNo Questionnaire Returned
2017City of Seattle - MayorJason RobertsAdequateNoYes
2017City of Seattle - MayorAlex TsimermanNot QualifiedNoYesNo Questionnaire Available
2017City of Seattle - MayorKeith WhitemanNot QualifiedNoNo
2017Port Commissioner1Ryan CalkinsVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner1John CreightonVery GoodYesYes
2017Port Commissioner1Claudia KauffmanGoodYesYes
2017Port Commissioner1Bea Querido-RicoVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner3Ahmed AbdiAdequateNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017Port Commissioner3Stephanie BowmanVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner3Lisa EspinosaAdequateNoYesNo Questionnaire Available
2017Port Commissioner4Ray ArmisteadNo Active CampaignNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017Port Commissioner4Fernando MartinezVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner4John PersakVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner4Richard PopeNot QualifiedNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017Port Commissioner4Ken RogersVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner4Brooks SalazarGoodNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017Port Commissioner4Preeti ShridharVery GoodNoYes
2017Port Commissioner4Peter SteinbrueckOutstandingNoYes
2017Washington State SenateDistrict 45Manka DhingraVery GoodNoYes
2017Washington State SenateDistrict 45Jinyoung EnglundVery GoodNoYes
2017Washington State SenateDistrict 45Parker HarrisAdequateNoYes
2017King County - SheriffMitzi JohanknechtOutstandingNoYes
2017King County - SheriffJohn UrquhartVery GoodYesYes
2017King County - ExecutiveDow ConstantineOutstandingYesYes
2017King County - ExecutiveGoodspaceguyNot QualifiedNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017King County - ExecutiveBill HirtNot QualifiedNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017King County - ExecutiveStanley LippmanNot QualifiedNoNoNo Questionnaire Available
2017Washington State SenateDistrict 48Michelle DarnellGoodNoYes
2017Washington State SenateDistrict 48Richard KnierimAdequateNoYes
2017Washington State SenateDistrict 48Patty KudererGoodYesYes